VANDALIA — Vandalia citizens who want to watch City Council and other city programming will have to tune to a different channel. Those broadcasts can now be found on Dayton Access Television (DATV) which is shown on Time Warner Cable channel 5.
The change was needed after Time Warner took the Government Access Channel off the air in June because the equipment used to to air the channel was no longer reliable.
After Time Warner notified officials in Vandalia, Clayton, Trotwood, and Huber Heights that the channel would be dropped, DATV stepped forward and offered to air Vandalia’s programming. Government access is not normally a mission of DATV, a channel that allows individuals to air and produce their own programming.
Vandalia Communications Manager Rich Hopkins said that those wanting to watch the city’s programming will want to do some advance planning.
“Residents will need to set their DVRs or make it appointment viewing as there are only four broadcasts per month,” he said.
The city will have four time slots per month. Two will on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 9 - 11 p.m. and those blocks will be repeated on the following Sunday from 7 - 9 a.m.
City Council meetings will air first followed immediately by Vandalia’s two news and information programs - Focus Vandalia and Vandalia: By The Way.
As part of the agreement with DATV, the city will be required to become an annual member of DATV which would not only get the city’s programming on air but also give the city access to video equipment and studio time if desired. The minimum level of annual membership for a “Supporting City” is $250 but DATV is asking all cities to contribute $1,000 annually.
“We know there are a number of Vandalia residents who appreciate the opportunity to watch their local government in action and enjoy catching up on the many projects taking place in town,” said Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey. “We are very grateful that DATV is working with us to allow this important layer of transparency in local government to continue to be available to our citizens.”